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Fire HD8 Plus first look
#1  tomsem 07-27-2020, 02:38 PM
This is something like the 7th Fire tablet I’ve bought (I returned one for a refund), Price was about $70 after trade-in discount, which is less than I’ve paid for any previous one, and the specs are better than any previous one. So, ‘a good value’ on that score.

My previous Fire was HD8 (2017 7th gen). Its battery capacity was degraded, and drained quickly in sleep mode. I think this was the result of having it in the Dock accessory almost continuously for a couple of years. In any case, it was not in my regular ‘device rotation’, in part because of this issue.

The improvements the Fire HD8 Plus brings relative to the older Fire are: 3GB RAM, 2GHz quad core CPU, USB-C port and wireless charging and a newer version of FireOS/Android. The wireless capability is a convenience for me as I have several wireless charging pads around, and I prefer to use those rather than wires.

Display is still mediocre 1280x800 resolution, and it has the same, not very customizable Fire UI as my previous Fire. And still an inferior App Store (I would rather use Libby than Overdrive, but it isn’t there). So a pretty boring device. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as I don’t plan to do anything with it other than read Kindle books (the Fire is the only device where the Kindle app supports TTS, for example, apart from very old Kindles).

I do wish they would include the same set of dictionaries that come with Kindle, in particular Russian. The 3rd party dictionary I purchased from Kindle Store is useless. The Translate feature works, but it also creates a highlight which then needs to be removed (a complaint also applying to Kindle).
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#2  HLS 09-03-2020, 07:50 PM
I got the new HD 8. Not the plus. Its noticeably better than past versions of the tablet. Build feels more solid. Faster too. Better built in wallpaper. feels more like a tablet should be. You can still download google play but you need to enable silk browser to download 3rd party content under settings.
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#3  Barbara1955 09-06-2020, 04:47 PM
Can you read & listen to the audible book at the Same time ...immersive Reading?
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#4  stumped 09-07-2020, 01:01 AM
Quote Barbara1955
Can you read & listen to the audible book at the Same time ...immersive Reading?
In theory yes, on any tablet running kindle apps. Should not matter if it is Amazon hardware or not. I would check for you but I down own any matched ebook audiobook pairs

I do know that the kindle android app always shows a banner link for buying the audiobook, so I would be amazed if immersive reading is not available
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#5  stumped 09-07-2020, 01:03 AM
Quote Barbara1955
Can you read & listen to the audible book at the Same time ...immersive Reading?
In theory yes, on any tablet running kindle apps. Should not matter if it is Amazon hardware or not. I would check for you but I down own any matched ebook audiobook pairs

I do know that the kindle android app always shows a banner link for buying the audiobook, so I would be amazed if immersive reading is not available

Also ,that tablet has a hands free docking option and Alexa. I guess Alexa can read out your audible books, but again I don't own any in my Amazon account to test with
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#6  tomsem 09-07-2020, 04:01 AM
Quote Barbara1955
Can you read & listen to the audible book at the Same time ...immersive Reading?
Yes. ‘Immersion Reading’.
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#7  peaceridge 11-06-2020, 10:40 AM
Can you set touch zones so that both touch on the left and on the right page forward?
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#8  stumped 11-06-2020, 11:05 AM
Quote peaceridge
Can you set touch zones so that both touch on the left and on the right page forward?
Depends what reader and what format you use.
But with Amazon books in the kindle for android app, no. You cannot change the touch zones
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#9  peaceridge 11-06-2020, 11:09 AM
Quote stumped
Depends what reader and what format you use.
But with Amazon books in the kindle for android app, no. You cannot change the touch zones
Thanks. No perfect reader, just ones less irritating. I so wish I had kept up with the field so I could write my own ereader software!
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#10  leebase 12-16-2020, 02:51 PM
Quote peaceridge
Thanks. No perfect reader, just ones less irritating. I so wish I had kept up with the field so I could write my own ereader software!
I use FBReader which has Android and iOS versions. Works great on the Kindle Fire Tablets, but you do have to install Google Play services and Google app store.

It has 3 tap zones on each side. I've set 5 of them to forward and one back
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